A 20-year-old Chinese man was found dead recently in Italy, stuffed inside of a suitcase in his bedroom, apparently suffocated to death by his teenage ex-boyfriend in what police believe was a revenge killing.
After Hu Congliang’s 17-year-old boyfriend broke up with him, Hu threatened to make public some sexual photos of the teen that he had saved on his phone, a move that would expose his sexuality. In response, the ex-boyfriend and four of his friends, all minors, showed up at Hu’s family’s apartment over the weekend, according to a statement from police in the Italian city of Modena.
Upon entering the home, the teens greeted Hu’s mother before going up to the victim’s bedroom. There, they allegedly smothered the young man with a pillow until he was dead. Afterward, they stuffed the body into a suitcase found underneath the bed and left. Police say that they had initially planned to take the body away and dispose of it, but somehow their plans went awry.
Before leaving the apartment, they said goodbye to Hu’s mom, telling her that her son had already gone out. A few hours later, the woman discovered the grisly truth after noticing that the suitcase in his room was out of place and finding her son’s dead body stuffed inside.
One of the teens subsequently turned himself in, telling police about their murder raid, leading to the arrest of the other four as they were playing video games.
Police are currently questioning the five minors, aged 16 and 17, but have found the teens and their parents to be extremely uncooperative. The minors all claim that they can’t speak Italian, something that police believe is not true.
While the details of Hu’s murder may be gory, they are not nearly as sensational as another “gay murder” in Canada in 2012 in which a 32-year-old Chinese student was chopped up and eaten by a male porn star. Some of his remaining body parts were also sent to the offices of political parties.
“It was such a horrible odor,” said one Canadian politician when the package was opened. “I’m sure many of us will not forget it.”